British Trust for
Conservation Volunteers (BTCV)
For advice, information and help on practical conservation projects. Also conservation residentials.
City of Edinburgh Countryside Ranger Service
For information about areas of countryside within the city and guided school trips to these areas. Also, ask for information about their ‘Nest Box Scheme’.
Four Winds Inspiration Centre
For wooden outdoor furniture and sculptures, environmental education workshops, school grounds/garden creation, organic gardening, and music and craft workshops.
Friends of the Earth Scotland
For all kinds of information about all sorts of environmental issues - particularly issues immediately affecting Scottish people.
Gorgie City Farm
Offers guided tours of the farm and workshops for all kinds of outdoor and craft activities.
Offer various opportunities for young people to become involved in practical conservation projects. This includes weekend residentials, which can be counted towards John Muir or Duke of Edinburgh Awards. Also occasionally offer workshops to youth workers, on environmental learning games and activities.
Grounds for Learning
This is part of the UK school grounds charity ‘Learning through Landscapes’ which has ten years of experience of school grounds developments. GFL offers advice, contacts, a database of publications, best practice case studies, and grant and award schemes tailored for Scottish schools and the Scottish curriculum.
Historic Scotland is an
Agency within the Scottish Executive Education Department and exists to protect
Scotland's built heritage, and to promote its understanding and enjoyment. They
actively research into issues relating to building conservation and help to
develop and promote craft skills. They also provide guidebooks and other
publications, and educational material relating to the school curriculum.
For more information about Earth Education activities and programmes, ask for leaflets and Source book.
The John Muir Trust, of which the Award is a part, was set up to protect and manage areas of wild land. The John Muir Award encourages the discovery and conservation of wild places ‘with a spirit of adventure and exploration’. It is an open award, for all ages. There are also opportunities for voluntary conservation work with the Trust throughout Scotland.
Living Water Charitable Trust
Living Water design and install natural systems for waste water treatment, using plants. They also offer ‘Beo’ educational workshops. Beo is a cooperative environmental learning resource, which helps children and adults to explore the connections between local and global, social and environmental issues.
Lothian Wildlife Record Centre
This is affiliated to the Scottish Wildlife Trust. In order to play an active part in recording and monitoring local wildlife, ask to become involved in the Local Patch Project. Your ‘Local Patch’ could be anything from a rock beside your front door, to a whole park near your home.
Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) Scotland
RSPB Scotland has a broader agenda than just birdlife. Wild birds need somewhere to live, so the organisation does a lot for the protection of the environment in general. There are initiatives for young people to get involved with. The Young Explorers Club is for 8-13 year olds and the Phoenix Club is for 13-18 year olds. They also have many ideas for teachers. The Wildsquare project is very similar to the ‘Local Patch Project’ above. It encourages people of all ages to record their local wildlife, thereby helping conservation scientists.
Scottish Natural Heritage
The major environmental conservation body in Scotland. Their main aims are to conserve and enhance our natural heritage. This includes encouraging environmental awareness and enjoyment of the outdoors. You can also apply to them for funding for environmental projects.
Scottish Wildlife Trust
For information about Bawsinch Wildlife Reserve (by Duddingston Loch), and wildlife conservation issues. Also, for information about Wildlife WATCH - the children’s club of SWT.
Woods for All
This organisation works to improve disabled access to forests and woodlands. They work together with disabled people in making these improvements, as well as doing other activities. Past projects include the Woodland Orchestra and the Woods for All video.
Other useful addresses to visit:
Other useful addresses to visit:
Go explore for yourself!